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Rights groups call on Egypt to free Al-Jazeera journalist

Rights groups call on Egypt to free Al-Jazeera journalistCAIRO (AP) — Rights groups and a press freedom organization renewed calls on Egyptian authorities Friday to release an Al-Jazeera journalist whose detention passed the one-year mark. Egypt accuses the Qatar-based news network of bias toward Islamist groups including its own outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group.



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Progressive Groups Want Doug Jones To Throw Caution To The Wind

Progressive Groups Want Doug Jones To Throw Caution To The WindThrough a unique confluence of events, Democrat Doug Jones managed to defy the deeply Republican leanings of Alabama and win a special election on Tuesday to represent the state in the Senate.



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Animal groups outraged after escaped circus tiger shot dead near Eiffel Tower

Animal groups outraged after escaped circus tiger shot dead near Eiffel TowerAnimal rights groups expressed outrage yesterday (Sat) after an escaped circus tiger was shot dead by its owner as it roamed the streets of Paris near the Eiffel Tower. The Brigitte Bardot Foundation, established by the film star turned animal rights activist, called for an immediate ban on wild animals in circuses in response to the tiger’s death.  “It’s a miracle that there were no human victims,” the foundation said in a statement. “It is essential to react immediately and ban this exploitation of wild animals reduced to slavery.” Terrified Paris residents called firefighters after spotting the 440-pound feline wandering near a tram line on Friday. Services were halted as panic spread while social media relayed the news. Valérian Fuet, a fire brigade spokesman, said: “The tiger was already dead when we arrived.” Its body was found just over a mile from the Eiffel Tower. Un tigre s’est échappé du cirque en face de FranceTv. « On a vu le tigre redescendre sur les rails » nous disent Yasmine et Thomas pic.twitter.com/DYzpP85vY0— MargauxDuguet (@MargauxDuguet) November 24, 2017 Eric Bormann, the circus manager who killed the animal, was briefly taken into custody. Police have opened an investigation. Mr Bormann said he shot it “for the safety of the public” after failing to capture it alive. He said the door of its enclosure had been left open in what he suspected was “an act of malice”.    Mr Fuet said the tiger was shot in an alley. “It was not in the street, there were no passers-by.” It escaped from the Bormann-Moreno circus which was preparing to open next week. Philippe Goujon, the mayor of the 15th arrondissement where the tiger was shot, said there was now “no question of allowing the circus to go ahead as planned.”  The Brigitte Bardot Foundation pointed out that 13 other EU member-states have banned animals in circuses and said it was “outraged” that France had not already done so. The Bird Protection League, which also campaigns in defence of other animals, voiced a similar demand.



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Trump Will Meet With Philippines’ Duterte Amid Human Rights Groups Concerns

Trump Will Meet With Philippines’ Duterte Amid Human Rights Groups ConcernsPresident Trump once praised the Philippines President for doing "an unbelievable job on the drug problem," but Duterte's actions have outraged human rights groups.



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Civil Rights Groups File Lawsuit Against ICE For Detaining Cambodian Refugees

Civil Rights Groups File Lawsuit Against ICE For Detaining Cambodian RefugeesCivil rights groups have launched a class action lawsuit against federal immigration authorities after a series of recent raids led to the detention of more than 100 Cambodian refugees who could now face deportation.



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Senate Confirms Trump Judge Opposed By 27 LGBTQ Rights Groups

Senate Confirms Trump Judge Opposed By 27 LGBTQ Rights GroupsWASHINGTON ― The Senate voted Wednesday to confirm Joan Larsen to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit ― a nominee opposed by 27 LGBTQ rights groups with concerns about her views on civil rights.



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LGBTQ Groups Blast Jeff Sessions For Reversing Trans Workplace Protections

LGBTQ Groups Blast Jeff Sessions For Reversing Trans Workplace ProtectionsAttorney General Jeff Sessions came under fire from a number of LGBTQ rights groups Thursday after he determined that federal civil rights legislation does not protect transgender people from discrimination in the workplace.



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US Rejects UN Resolution Condemning Death Penalty For LGBTQ People, Other Groups

US Rejects UN Resolution Condemning Death Penalty For LGBTQ People, Other GroupsThe United States joined countries like Iraq and Botswana in voting against a United Nations resolution that, among other things, condemns the use of the death penalty against LGBTQ people.



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FBI considers white supremacist groups as much of a threat as Isis

FBI considers white supremacist groups as much of a threat as IsisThe threat of white supremacist violence in the US is as at least as dangerous as that posed by Islamist groups such as Isis, the head of the FBI has revealed. Chris Wray, the recently confirmed new director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), said there were currently 1,000 ongoing investigations into domestic terror groups and a similar number of probes into groups driven by radical Islamist ideology. “We take both of them very, very seriously,” he told senators on Capitol Hill.



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Liberal Groups Push Democrats To Slow Down Judge Confirmation Process

Liberal Groups Push Democrats To Slow Down Judge Confirmation ProcessA coalition of major progressive organizations has launched a campaign aimed at pressuring members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to slow down the confirmation process for federal judges, thereby limiting how many President Donald Trump can seat.



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